ERIC Number: ED238743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Archaeology--You Can Dig It, Too!
Joiner, Paul D.; Wicks, Raymond E.
Arkansas Social Studies Teacher, v8 p20-28 Spring 1982
The document describes how high school social studies teachers can replace existing traditional classroom activities with an archaeology field experience. The objectives are to relate the social and physical sciences and to provide evidence not only of spectacular historical events, but also of the daily lives of ordinary people. Although an archaeological dig is often mistakenly viewed as an endeavor only for the highly trained, the document reassures teachers that many workers, often only slightly skilled and barely trained are required to do the work of archaeology (under the supervision of an experienced archaeologist). Planning for an archaeological dig differs from planning any other extended field trip in that students step into the real world of archaeology rather than a simulated situation. The document gives guidelines for selecting an archaeologist and dig site and for preparing students for a dig. Essential equipment and materials, agencies to contact for assistance, and necessary personal items are listed. The final section attends to the educational aspects of developing goals and objectives, planning introductory sessions, assigning student responsibilities, providing structure for learning, and planning summary activities to bring closure to the experience. (LH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Arkansas Council for the Social Studies, State University.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Univ., State University.